It's been a super busy week and sometimes it's awesome when a rainy day takes place on a weekend, especially on a Sunday! This way you can stay in and relax or get work done depending on what's going on. Today's shoes are inspired by the weather. These Chooka shoes which are moc style and are at least perfect for keeping your feet from getting rained on. Sometimes you don't want to rock a full boot especially as the weather gets warmer. These shoes' color inspired items that are perfect for being added into your decor for your living and baking spaces.
This week, we were so fortunate to have beyond amazing weather! I was able to rock flips flops, a maxi dress and a tank top! But the Spring is a mix of amazing weather, a bit of winter attempting to hang on and then that rainy period as well. You'll find yourself rotating through a number of looks that are weather specific. Today, it's a bit overcast and it's Friday! So with that in mind, this is a day of errands, wrapping up the week and more - I want to be comfy! Roll over the above images to see what I'm obsessed with at the moment. As you know, I'm a huge fan of grey and I love a great oversized top to keep me cozy and this one by Poison Ivy and available at Alloy is so great for a day like today. Keep it simple by pairing it with skinny jeans by Current/Elliott. In addition, accessorize the look with pops of coral and fab neutral hues via Coach, Dannijo, Clare Vivier, C Wonder, and Me&Ro.
Last week I had to share one of the favorite looks that was created by Johana from NBC's Fashion Star. This week she was paired with Daniel again as they had to create separate pieces that are meant to be worn together in order to create a cohesive look! Yet again, I was all about Johana's look as her pencil skirt was perfection and I love Daniel's tops! During the show, there were three distinct variations that made it on the runway; however, when it came to production (as Saks actually bought both), you can see that they have a blush/black ensemble as well as a black/white combo. The beauty of this look is that they look fabulous separately but when placed together, it's as if you have a dress!
Roll over the images to see how I would accessorize the above in terms of shoes and handbags! In addition, see how these items are a universal for your accessories and how you can include it within other looks that you plan on wearing during this season and the next! You'll find these accessories consist of Reed Krakoff, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Stephanie Cesaire.
Happy St Patrick's Day! Yesterday as the snow fell off and on throughout the day, I saw people making their way to 5th Ave to check out the parade that was taking place. Everyone rocked green and as the day turned to night, even the Empire State Building donned this hue yesterday as well as later on tonight. Green is such a revitalizing color and when you roll over today's images, you'll find items that are perfect in your bedroom and living room whether it's your home or you're thinking of items to take to your vacation home.
The shoe inspiration from this curated post comes from the work that I have been doing on one of my other brands' Shoe Week which launched last Sept during NYFW with a number of shows. Although we're working very hard on NYFW for this Sept, we have a number of projects throughout this year where we work with our clients. EXPATRIATE is a fabulous line designed by Kita Nolley which brings in her love for traveling to a number of destinations. Based in Atlanta, she transports you to other portions of the world. This Thurs, she will hit the runways during Charleston Fashion Week to show her line and Shoe Week partnered with her to find the perfect heels to complete her looks! United Nude is all about architectural design as the designer works in tandem with an architect to create these shoes that have been included in a number of runway shows from London, Milan, Paris, NY and much more.
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I'll keep you in the loop as I make my way to Charleston to show you the line and the fab heels from United Nude. In the meantime, you can enjoy what should be in your home and how a little green can make your space refreshing.
In the world of accessories, it's so hard for me to have a favorite as I'm always embracing a new pair of heels, a bracelet, necklace etc. As many of you know, as an Accessories Expert, I always lead Accessories Forward! I pick my outfits based on these gems and love the whole process of finding the perfect mix. This time of year finds me doing a number of activities within short time frames whether it's styling a client, working on my jewelry line, checking out presentations and more. It's all about an outfit that works and ensuring that accessories keep me feeling completely in my element!
Leggings and jeggings are a major component to my look and I love a great shirt whether it's a button down or tee. I love these DSquared Slim Jeans which are a great pop of color and of course showcases the colors of my brands. It's all about an ode to old school with this fab ruffled shirt by Sara Roka.
This is such a crisp look that with fabulous accessories can really make your look phenomenal. I love these Sergio Rossi Painted Python Heels which is a great way to make a number of your looks come together without a doubt!. Never one to shy away from fun bold accessories, here are my top picks! Balenciaga's Arena Giant Rose Gold City is a fabulous touch whatever you're wearing. My readers know that I have been such a fan of this brand's bags and with so many colors that are available, how can you not find a favorite! A recent fave has been Kimberly McDonald who has so many pieces that has come on my radar. I love geodes and have been rocking a few pieces from a number of designers but her 18kt Rose Gold Geode and Diamond ring is such a fab item. Arm candy is an essential and I have a number of bracelets from Charriol and love their pave bar diamond wrist love.
Complete this look by a few more dazzling details. Lucifer Vir Honestus Diamond Trofeo Bracelet is a dynamic piece that works well whether you're dressing something up or taking it to the next level. Although I'm not a watch girl, there are times when it seems appropriate - this would be NYFW as I'm always running from one show, showroom, etc to another and getting just enough time to hang out with my girls. Movado'smother of pearl watch with diamonds is perfection. Finally, my sunglasses are everything! NYFW has some early call times when I'm backstage and events go well into the night. To ensure that I rest my eyes, I'm always looking for the perfect pair and I have been in love with Tom Ford's Rhi sunglasses which bring out your inner Charlie's Angel to be sure!
As Publisher and Founder of Kitten Lounge, I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas Eve! Whether you're traveling to your destination or have already made it, I hope you're having an amazing time and will have an even better 2013. With only a handful of days left of the year, I wanted to include things that have taken place this year with Kitten Lounge as well other brands that I am apart of!
This past Sept, New York Fashion Week came showcasing the best of Spring/Summer 2013 fashions. In addition to Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and Milk Made Fashion Week at Milk Studios in the city, I was so pleased as Paul Farkas and I co-founded and launched, Shoe Week which I serve as the Creative Director for this brand which focuses on a fashion week for shoes. We presented a number of shoes during our runway shows at The Glass Houses, we had a kickoff event that we did with a shoe's best friend - handbags, at Linea Pelle's showroom here in NYC for our Style Tweetup hours before Fashion's Night Out and we had a fab closing party at XVI Lounge focusing on Sneakers! Our sneaker focused closing party, known as Sneaker Sessions was sponsored by Alma Tequila and Hot 97.
Being able to launch a Fashion Week here in NYC with a number of fabulous partners was such a great time and of course we will be presenting a fun showcase during NYFW in a few short weeks as well as a series of events in Sept for Spring/Summer shows again!
2013 for Shoe Week will be phenomenal as we're styling a number of shows throughout the year for a number of global Fashion Weeks, lookbooks and of course our industry focused events through the key portions of Fashion Week calendars! As an Accessories Expert, it's definitely amazing to share and pair phenomenal footwear designers with apparel designers whether they're brands that I have always loved, have become obsessed with overtime - with a need to share their brand with an audience of buyers, media and influentials.
Each day it's getting closer and closer to NYE and of course we'll be showcasing some of our favorite looks. Today, it's a nod to menswear as well as black and white which is always chic. We're loving this Elizabeth and James black and white tuxedo which can be paired over these LAgence suede leggings as well! Complete the look with a simple cami and then layer on accessories to finish this look! I'm loving this resin Tory Burch necklace with chain detail as well as (of course) this Balenciaga city bag which includes everything you need for a night out. Finally, these simple Lorenzi heels make this utter perfection!
Last week, I shared with you a little bit about Shoe Week, a shoe focused NYFW that will take place in addition to all the amazing activities that come to NY during Fashion Week! My co-founder and CEO of Shoe Week is Paul Farkas. Together we work on bringing brands together in a synergistic way and to maintain our vision of footwear and their related accessories counterparts to be prominently placed throughout all of our events. In addition to a number of footwear brands that will be included, I'm also please with our apparel and accessory brands such as Linea Pelle, Ted Rossi and former Project Runway contestant and fabulous runway designer, Althea Harper who will be hitting our Shoe Week Runway show at The Glass Houses! Stay in the loop by following us on Facebook and on Twitter!
Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed sipping Alacran Tequila cocktails whether it's mixed with seltzer or cranberry. The black matte bottle contains white tequila which is very smooth. This bottle inspired this fab look which is one that you can see me rocking when I'm out and about. Start off with a fab pair of Rick Owens leggings which can be paired with a simple top such as this white and cream one by Elizabeth James. Rock bracelets with a large python bangle by Ted Rossi as well as another fave, Linea Pelle. I'm always known for my rings and this aquamarine Alexis Bittar and these fabulous blingtastic sling backs, Gianmarco Lorenzi. Together this look definitely embodies the nature of this fabulous bottle.
Earlier this year, Berluti presented their menswear shoe collection in Paris for their Fall/Winter collection which will be available in a few weeks. These are shoes that I can definitely see Paul wearing and with the heritage of this brand being around since 1895, this is a classic in your wardrobe!
I love finding my perfect outfitr to travel in so that I can hit the ground running when I land. On Thurs, I will head out to Tampa for another series of shows on HSN. I always take the same flights out and back. I love an early morning flight to Tampa so that if there are delays, I have plenty of time since my shows never start until the next day. Upon landing, I always meet up with my rep as we catch up, then we do a training session, I go back to my room to lay everything out, pop back out for lunch, spend some downtime and then go out for a reasonable dinner and then back to the room to prep. Because of this schedule, I never really change out of my clothes. Here in NYC it's rainy and in the 60's and I'll be heading down to 90 degree Tampa so I like a convertible outfit.
I'm loving these Alexander Wang pointelle leggings paired with this twist racerback tank from Rag & Bone. These can be worn alone but when you hit the flight, I love this striped Haute Hippie black and cream cardigan which is cozy and will look fab with a scarf to make everything super cozy on a flight. Finally accessorize it up with this Marni cotton and gold toned brass necklace. Slip on this Giuseppe Zanotti tubular ring and complete the look with this fabulous pair of Chrissie Morris striped sandal which is such a fab look!
Happy May - we're finally locking into the time period where we definitely don't have to worry about these dips in temperature. Many of us have actually begun to dip into our summer wardrobes and we're not even looking back towards our winter gear. My love for maxi dresses has definitely encompassed the maxi skirt! I'm loving this fabulously striped pleated skirt from Alice and Olivia. When you wear something that not only has a number of colors as well as textures and movement, I like to create a little simplicity and love that this tank top from Club Monaco is the perfect item to pair with this skirt! I definitely want to pair a fun necklace with this look and Noir Jewelry has this fab bugle knot necklace has fun hues that are woven in. On you hand, this Dara Ettinger cocktail ring has a fabulous yellow hue which brings sunshine from your hand! Yellow picks back up in this look with my fave pair of sandals by none other than (shocker) Giuseppe Zanotti which has your feet wrapped in this hue as well as adding a little extra bling. With so much color, it's an even better excuse to include this python stacked set of 3 bangles to make everything look completely relaxed by Ted Rossi!
Across the runways of SS 2012 during NYFW, the colors known as orange, clementine and tangerine - hit front and center for women as well as for men! If the color is a bit off putting to your style aesthetic, today we have a roundup of fun ways that you can include these vibrant hues within your guy's wardrobe from scarves from Faliero Sarti, shoes from Sperry, Nike and Havaianas, bags from Puma, bowties from Brooks Brothers and cufflinks by Barneys!
There is something about taking some time to yourself as you rest by the pool or at the beach! I love that style finds itself here as well! I'm loving today's His Style which focuses on wayet style. I love starting with the basics with a v-neck grey t-shirt by Banana Republic and pair it with these fab Burberry Brit checked boardshorts so that's he swim ready! Finish it off with a crisp pair of Havaianaswhich have the soles of the flip flop sewn into the covered shoe! Love it! I enjoyed attending a fun Havaianas event last night which showcased a number of fun and limited edition pairs that will be out there in your store soon!
When it comes to accessories, I love Tiffany & Co has when it comes to this fabulous Oval Signet Ring. Pair this with Miansai's leather bracelet which is a great way to add a pop of something different. Finally, keep cool weather at bay with Lanvin's hoodie which is perfect for you to rock whenever he isn't wearing it!
What I love most about this season is the pop of rich orange tones that you see when you look at trees. If you love the change in seasons, why not include this within your look overall! I'm loving the kaftan by Roberto Cavalli which has a bright pop of color and then slightly mutes out by having the balance of black. I love that it can be paired over a pair of black jeggings from Adriano Goldschmied which has a nice sateen finish. Pair this with a fan pair of python print ankle boots from Giuseppe Zanotti which is such a fab shoe to have throughout the whole season! Finally, who doesn't love Carnelian, I love this red mosaic ring by Ron Hami which is a fab conversational cocktail piece that is perfect for your overall look. I also love that this look is phenom when it comes to travel and looking amazing wherever your travels take you.
This time next week I will be in the early stages of tackling New York Fashion Week for yet another amazing season. This year, it is taking new significance since in addition to seeing shows, going to after parties and lounges - I will be previewing my Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12 collection at the Robert Verdi Luxe Lab. This is a time where a number of industry will see one of the various projects that I have been working on as well as to get gifted in my line! It's such an exciting time and one that I have been looking forward to! For those that will not have the opportunity to come by, I had to sneak out one of my fave pieces that I designed! The leathers for all my shoes are phenomenal but I love this fresh take off of a typical penny style and this gorgeous green/blue antiqued hue. Known as the Cabana, it's the ultimate slip on and go shoe with a thin sole. I'll keep you in the loop on all the shoes that are being showcased and when I can share with you Fall 12, I definitely will!
This shoe's hue was the inspiration behind the assortment included within today's spread. I have always been a fan of this hue whether it's a votive from Anthropologie, a seat from Neiman Marcus or my personal fave - pieces from Horchow! If you're hitting the tents and everything in between, make sure to rest up as there are plenty of surprises coming from all directions when it comes to one of the biggest Fashion Week events!
You know that I'm dressed to impress when I step out in my Jimmy Choos! They're constructed to be a drool worthy shoe while also being super comfortable when you're walking around; however, my favorite shoe is the flip flop and I have to say that you can't leave an amazing event with a pair of flip flops! You still have to have a luxury shoe but one that is full of comfort and can be stored in your bag without having to have too much bulk! Enter Relax Missy to the rescue! I love that these shoes still ooze luxury as they come in a satin pouch and they fold up ever so nicely. As you slip out of your stilettos, you're overall look doesn't change as you slip into a cab, a tasty 24/7 spot to mingle with friends to talk about the night and more! These shoes are Kitten Lounge approved as we know that stilettos are our calling card and Relax Missy ensures that we still maintain our sleek image! Check them out on @RelaxMissy as well as their Facebook Fan Page which will let you know about new items that are coming out!
Every now and then, I feel the need to give my tootsies a break! I wear heels a lot in the winter and if there is a day where it’s not too chilly, I let the girls have some flats time. I don’t really wear a lot of ballet flats but today I decided to do a little Audrey love and I grabbed my skinny jeans, a tank, cardigan, a cuff and my chosen pair this morning! It’s going to be quite a week and in addition to manis/pedis, we have to give some love to our feet when they’re used to being in towering heels and boots. Look above for today’s round up! I love the python pair and I like how you can still be totally styled even though you’re wearing a flat!
Earlier today, we shared the super cute images available at Blume Girl! In addition, I we had to throw in the totes which are very clever in showing what your affiliation is. Take some time to check out items such as this and much more! Thanks to ShoeSmitten for sharing TOMS shoes on her blog this morning as we were able to add this into our Election Spread!
She's Kimmie is a virtual scrapbook and is the best way for fans of Kimmie to connect with her, see where she's heading next and of course to get fab insider info!
As an Accessories Expert, Kimmie appears on HSN, designs, is quoted/featured in various publications talking about style from an Accessories Forward perspective! To work with Kimmie or to see project portfolio, visit her site here.
Kimmie is the Co-Founder/Creative Director of Shoe Week which launched during NYFW Sept '12 and is styling a number of shows as well as having evening leading up to our second season of shows during NYFW Sept '13.
Co-Founder, Kimmie, connects brands with bloggers in intimate event settings via Style Tweetup.